Shipwrecked again

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Titanic passengers and crew that experienced shipwrecks either before or after the Titanic disaster.

Passengers

Ramon Artagaveytia
In 1871 Ramon survived the fire and sinking of the America, close to the shore of Punta Espinillo, Uruguay.

Norman Campbell Chambers
Would survive a second accident at sea when the Vestris caught fire.

Samuel Goldenberg
First class survivor Samuel Goldenberg was a veteran of another shipwreck. When the ship he was travelling on, the paddle-steamer Pas-de-Calais, rammed and sank the submarine Pluviôse, killing 27 submariners.

Lady Duff Gordon, nee Sutherland,
Survived a shipwreck at the age of 11-12 with her mother, Mrs David Kennedy, and sister Elinor when sailing from the Jersey, Channel Island to England in about 1875. The identity of the wreck is currently unknown.

Henry Sleeper Harper
Henry Sleeper Harper survived the sinking of a vessel.

"Ten years ago [i.e. 1902] he had a narrow escape from shipwreck when a ship on which he was a passenger collided with an iceberg off Newfoundland." St-Louis Post-Dispatch, Tuesday evening, April 16, 1912

Milton Clyde Long
In June 1911 Long was aboard the SS Spokane when she ran aground and was wrecked in Seymour Narrows, British Columbia.

Harry Markland Molson
Reportedly swam away from the sinking of the Scotsman in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 1899, and in 1904 swam to shore when the Canada collided with a collier in the St. Lawrence River near Sorel.

Arthur Karl Olsen
Child survivor Artur (later Arthur) Olsen served in the US Navy in the 120s and was aboard the cruiser Omaha when she lost both masts in a typhoon whilst en route to Honolulu, Hawaii.

Oscar Wilhelm Johansson
A seaman travelling in 3rd class, reportedly survived another wreck shortly after surviving the Titanic, which one is unclear.

Edith Rosenbaum
Edith Rosenbaum (Russell) was supposedly booked (but later cancelled her passage) on an unknown ship that then blew up in Le Havre or Cherbourg harbour.  She also claimed that she had a premonition which caused her to cancel her passage on the General Chanzy which went down off Minorca killing 200 passengers.  She also claimed to have intended to sail on the last voyage of the Lusitania.  Understandably the veracity of these claims is disputed.

Charles Duane Williams
Was reportedly aboard the Arizona with his father when it collided with an iceberg in 1879.

Crew

William Clark
Survived sinking of Empress of Ireland.

David Blair (original 2nd officer)
Was navigating when the Oceanic grounded ruining his career (1914)

Edward Buley (1917)
Died aboard HMS Partridge (1917)

Frank Dymond
Reportedly survived a further three shipwrecks. The details are unknown.

Henry Samual Etches
May have survived the Britannic (1916)

Archie Jewell
Survived the sinking of the Britannic (1916) but died in the Donegal sinking (1917)

Walter Hurst
Family members believe Walter Hurst also survived the Britannic (1916)

Violet Jessop
Survived the sinking of the Britannic (1916)

Charles Herbert Lightoller
Survived the wreck of the Holt Hill (1889), Oceanic (1914) and Falcon (1918)

William Charles Lindsay
Surviving the sinking of HMS Morea when it was hit by a torpedo but suffered loss of hearing.

William Chapman Peters
A quartermaster of this name survived the sinking the Britannic (1916), believed to be the Titanic seaman.  Family thought he had also survived the Lusitania but they may have confused the two vessels.

Herbert Pitman
Was involved in another, unknown, shipwreck (which he described as a minor affair).

John Priest
Survived the sinking of the Britannic (1916) and the Donegal  (1917). Coincidentally his brother Harry Priest also survived the Britannic.

Harold Prior
Survived the Southland wreck in 1915

Robert Pusey (1918)
Died aboard HMS Dirk.

Frederick William Scott
Killed in a boiler explosion while serving aboard the S.S. La Marguerite in 1915.

Christopher Arthur Shulver (1922)
Killed in a coal bunker explosion aboard the Adriatic.

Thomas Threlfall
Survived the wreck of the SS Arcadian.

George Terrill Thresher
Died on merchantman Parkhill, torpedoed, 1939.

Harry Yearsley
Survived the sinking of the Braemar Castle which was torpedoed in the Mediterranean Sea in November 1916.

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Acknowledgements

Peter Engberg, Sweden

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  1. Andrew Maheux said:

    Did any other passengers or crew survive any other shipwrecks other then Titanic. I know of: and thats all I know. If anyone knows any... Read full post

  2. Randy Bryan Bigham said:

    , nee Sutherland, survived a shipwreck at the age of 11-12 with her mother, Mrs. David Kennedy, and sister Elinor when sailing from the Isle of Jersey to England in about 1875. I have never known the name of the ship so would love it if someone could help me with that. All that I know about this accident comes from Lucy's and her sister's autobiographies. The ship was caught in a ferocious storm while still in the Channel Islands and was wrecked on the Casquet Rocks near Guernsey (sp?).... Read full post

  3. Jim Kalafus said:

    ANDREW: survived, and was scarred by, another shipwreck. Check out his biography on ET for the details. Milton Long was aboard a grounded ship as well.

  4. Ben Holme said:

    Hi Andrew, Henry Sleeper Harper suvived the grounding and subsequent sinking of a vessel (not named). Charles Duane Williams was aboard the when it collided with an iceberg. Norman Campbell Chambers would survive a second accident at sea when the Vestris caught fire. Harry Markland Molson swam away from the sinking of the Scotsman in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 1899, and in 1904 swam to shore when the Canada collided with a collier in the St. Lawrence River near Sorel. Hope this helps, Ben

  5. Bob Godfrey said:

    Andrew, Second Officer Lightoller survived 4 wrecks, beginning with the sailing vessel Holt Hill in 1889. This was followed by the Titanic, then another White Star liner, the Oceanic in 1914, and finally the destroyer Falcon which he commanded during WW1. Bob

  6. Randy Bryan Bigham said:

    Andrew, I believe Edith Rosenbaum Russell, though she was surely prone to exaggeration, was probably correct at least on the basic facts of her stories of the Olympic and Majestic incidents. I understand that she was booked (but canceled her passage) on another ship that supposedly blew up in La Havre or Cherbourg (?) but I don't have the details on that yet. I forgot to mention that Lucy Duff Gordon was aboard the St. Paul in November 1916 when it encountered very stormy seas. She sat in her cabin with her life-jacket beside her and refused to lay down in bed at night, opting to sleep... Read full post

  7. Brian Meister said:

    Dear Randy, I have a newspaper clipping in which she gave an interview in the 1970's sometime. In it, she claims that she had a premonition which caused her to cancel her passage on the General Chanzy which went down off Minorca killing 200 passengers. She added that the same feeling came over her as she prepared to sail on what we all know as the last voyage of the Lusitania. The article is entitled: "Through every disaster except the plague and a husband". Please contact me if you want the full transcript. Best Regards, ... Read full post

  8. Randy Bryan Bigham said:

    Brian, Well thank you so much. "...In it, she claims that she had a premonition which caused her to cancel her passage on the General Chanzy which went down off Minorca killing 200 passengers..." Boy, I got that story botched up! But you can't blame me - it was that screwball Geoff who mentioned it to me! And I knew nothing of the Lusitania connection. I have to wonder about that one, though. I have her "Women's Wear Daily" columns from that time and she mentions absolutely nothing about it! Edy and more of her tall tales? Hmmm...I'll be in touch ASAP. And Happy New Year to... Read full post

  9. Andrew Maheux said:

    Crew Survivor Harry Yearsley survived the sinking of the Braemar Castle which was torpedoed in the Mediterranean Sea in November 1916. Regards, Andrew

  10. roger whittingham said:

    with regards to randy bighams paragraph about lucy duff gordons unfortunate incident with a ship in the waters off the channel islands i think your refering to a vessel named the STELLA she was and still is locally known as the titanic of the channel islandsshe went down after hitting rocks off alderney locally known as the ''casquets'' in march 1899 about 100 lost their lives regards' roger

  11. Geoff Whitfield said:

    Afraid it wasn't the "Stella" Roger,I have her passenger list and they don't appear on it - besides which, 1899 was far too late. The Stella is a fascinating story though isn't it? Geoff

  12. roger whittingham said:

    yes it certainly is geoff i will research further to try to establish which ship randy is thinking of regards' roger

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    JHPravatiner said:

    Harold Lowe had been in a wreck or two before the incident. IIRC, one was in his West African service.

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    Inger Sheil said:

    Which wreck was that, Joan? What was the ship's name? Lowe was aboard a ship involved in a collision during his pre-Titanic career, but that was before he went on the West African run (before he had gained his Second Mate's certification) and was a v. minor affair altogether.

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    JHPravatiner said:

    No clue, actually, just relaying what I was told by Dan Butler some four or five years back. Only heard that it had happened, not details. He'd be the one to ask in such case.

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    Inger Sheil said:

    I suspect Dan is mistaken - perhaps he was thinking of Pitman, who was involved in a shipwreck (which he described as a minor affair). I have a complete record of Lowe's ships from the time he joined the Titanic all the way back to a Welsh schooner so obscure it doesn't appear in Lloyds, although it turns up in port records. (The earliest vessel I can place him on predates the ships Lowe used as his usual record of service in official documentation - he only started logging his sea time in 1900). The collision I referred to above, although it did bring about young A.B. Harold Lowe's... Read full post

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    Fiona Nitschke said:

    LOL! Maybe he heard it from the delightful Ms Russell? ;) She's such a card and seemingly not too hung up on spoiling a good story with a few facts. Thanks for clearing up her shipwreck record, Brian. I've heard extracts of an interview with her where she's mentioned 'every disaster except the plague and a husband'. From what I'd read/heard I really thought there was... Read full post

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  18. Randy Bryan Bigham said:

    Roger, Thank you for looking into that story. I will be much appreciative for any information you might turn up. Randy

  19. Lianne Christian said:

    Andrew, Re: Violet Jessop... you probably already know this but this remarkable lady was also working on the Olympic when she collided with (I think) The Hawke, although I know neither ship was actually wrecked. Anyway, she was on all three of these fabulous ships during their times of high drama.

  20. Emilie Forest said:

    To add to the information, Henry Sleeper Harper survived the sinking of a vessel. I read in the :St-Louis Post-Dispatch, Tuesday evening, April 16, 1912 { I have a copy} : "Ten years ago {so in 1902}he had a narrow escape from shipwreck when a ship on which he was a passenger collided with an iceberg off New-Foundland."

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